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Sr. Manager Total Rewards



Kitchener, ON, Canada
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024

ApplyBoard simplifies the study abroad search, application, and acceptance process by connecting international students, recruitment partners, and educational institutions on one intuitive and personalized platform. ApplyBoard is a mission-driven, hyper-growth organization. It has been attracting dedicated individuals for more than eight years who are inspired every day to break down barriers to international education and take their careers to new heights at a company that will invest in their career growth. Our six core values are our compass in our mission to Educate the World and the foundation of our unique company culture. As an organization built on a foundation of diversity, it’s important that our team members are representative of the students from more than 150 countries that we support.

The Opportunity:

The Senior Manager, Total Rewards, will lead the design, implementation, and administration of our compensation, benefits, and recognition programs. Reporting to the Vice President (VP), People & Culture, this role will ensure our total rewards offerings are competitive, equitable, and aligned with our business goals and company values. The ideal candidate will bring a strategic mindset, a deep understanding of market trends, and a passion for creating rewarding employee experiences.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive total rewards strategy that aligns with the company's business objectives and enhances employee engagement and retention.

  • Conduct regular market analyses to ensure competitive positioning of total rewards programs.

  • Oversee the design and administration of compensation programs, including base pay, incentive plans, and equity programs.

  • Lead annual compensation review processes, including merit increases, promotions, and bonus distributions.

  • Manage the selection, implementation, and administration of employee benefits programs, including health and wellness plans, retirement plans, and other employee perks.

  • Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and maintain up-to-date knowledge of industry best practices.

  • Design and implement employee recognition and rewards programs that reinforce company values and recognize employee contributions.

  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of recognition programs and make recommendations for enhancements.

  • Lead and mentor a team of Total Rewards professionals, fostering a culture of continuous improvement and professional development.

  • Collaborate with HR, Finance, and other departments to ensure cohesive and aligned total rewards strategies.

  • Provide guidance and support to managers and employees regarding compensation, benefits, and recognition programs.

  • Utilize data analytics to assess the effectiveness and competitiveness of total rewards programs.

  • Prepare and present reports to senior leadership on total rewards metrics and trends.

What you bring to the table:

  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or a related field; Relevant certification (e.g., CCP, CEBS) preferred.

  • Minimum of 7-10 years of experience in total rewards, compensation, or benefits management, with at least 3 years in a leadership role.

  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to interpret and communicate data effectively.

  • In-depth knowledge of compensation and benefits practices, trends, and regulatory requirements.

  • Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.

  • Proven track record of developing and implementing successful total rewards strategies in a dynamic and growing organization.


  • Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

  • Flexible work arrangements and the ability to work from anywhere.

  • Personal Spending Account (PSA) Program.

  • Employee Family Assistance Program (EFAP) for mental health and wellness support.

  • Company perks, including exclusive discounts and special pricing for memberships.

  • Milestone celebrations and recognition of achievements.

  • Collaborative and inclusive work environment.

  • Professional development and growth opportunities.


About ApplyBoard

ApplyBoard empowers students around the world to access the best education. With more than 800,000 students from over 150 countries helped with their journey in less than a decade, we are just getting started.

ApplyBoard’s 1,350 global team members in 30 countries assist students and our 1,500 partner institutions by empowering the international student sector with innovative technology and insights. As a four-time consecutive Deloitte Fast 50 and Fast 500 ranked company, ApplyBoard is growing and scaling like few other companies. On top of our strong growth, our people are growing personally and professionally. ApplyBoard India was Great Place to Work® Institute (India) certified for outstanding employee experience and workplace culture.

Thank you for your interest in joining the ApplyBoard Team and being part of our mission to Educate the World. While we are lucky to attract a high level of interest in each of our roles, only qualified applicants will be contacted and selected for an interview.

ApplyBoard welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates in all aspects of the hiring and selection process.